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Watch Country Duo Whitehorse Perform Intimate Set for CBC Music

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Whitehorse CBCCanadian country duo Whitehorse is composed of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, artists who have both enjoyed successful singer/songwriter solo careers in their own right.

But as Whitehorse, they have been rightfully gaining buzz this year with the February release of third album Leave No Bridge Unburned.

And to support the release, the husband-and-wife duo recently recorded a First Play Live session for CBC Music.

The intimate set took place in a brewery in downtown Toronto, and it was perfect to capture Whitehorse’s folksy blues. With Doucet and McClelland utilizing drums, bass, guitar, percussion and a looper, it was impressive how big the sound could get in a live environment.

For a look at the sessions, watch clips of Whitehorse playing “Tame as the Wild Ones” and “You Get Older” below.

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Hozier Duets with Este Haim at Coachella

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It was no surprise that Irish singer/songwriter Hozier played his Grammy-nominated single “Take Me to Church” during his phenomenal set at Coachella on Saturday.

But he did have one big surprise up his sleeve. After he got the massive crowd in front of the festival’s main stage to sing “Happy Birthday” to bassist Alex Ryan, Hozier then called out Haim bassist Este Haim to join him for a spirited rendition of “Jungle Love” from the Time.

Haim – the woman, not her sisterly band – not only pitched in on vocals, but she also gamely executed the signature dance Time frontman Morris Day made famous in the movie Purple Rain.

But Hozier’s evening was also filled with gems from his own catalog. Yes, there was a rousing rendition of the aforementioned “Take Me to Church” that had nearly everybody in the audience singing along, but he also showed his R&B, soul and rock roots with an eclectic mix of songs.

Backed by a five-piece band and two backup singers, Hozier treated fans to a little R&B early on, kicking off his show with “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene” and “Jackie and Wilson.”

Hozier adopted a bluegrass vibe with “Like Real People Do,” pulling out a resonator and performing the first part of the song solo before he was joined by his fellow musicians.

He even got the sun-baked audience to noodle in the grassy grounds of the Empire Polo Club with an extra-danceable version of “Someone New,” giving the hit a refreshing breath of life in a live environment.

When it was time for “Take Me to Church,” tons of fans had their smartphones primed to film what is always a spiritual moment. The song reached the heavens during the chorus, which had the help of not only Hozier’s backup vocalists, but also the thousands of people adding to the beautiful song.

It was truly a moment to appreciate.

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Watch Houndmouth’s Raucous Performance on Letterman

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Alternative country and indie rock recently came together when Houndmouth stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman, as the New Albany, Ind., quartet put on a raucous performance of new single “Sedona.”

The track, which comes off  latest album Kintsugi, starts out with a little twang from frontman Matt Myers and his Gretsch White Falcon, but soon the entire group comes together with crashing cymbals and soaring four-part harmonies.

Watch Houndmouth’s late-night appearance in the clip below and click here for a list of the band’s upcoming tour dates.

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Stephen Stern Shares Inspiration Behind Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup

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Built by Master Builder Stephen Stern, the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup is truly unreal, as it is covered in alligator hide and has several unique appointments, such as a swamp-themed belt buckle at the bridge, alligator inlays and a gator head on the headstock.

In the video below, Stern discusses the inspiration behind the Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup and time it took to build.

The one-of-a-kind custom shop ax is available at Chicago Music Exchange.

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Get the New Gretsch Electric Guitar Book By Tony Bacon

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Gretsch electric guitars have a style all their own with a glitzy, wacky, retro charm that over the years has drawn players from all kinds of popular music, from timeless stars to unknown teens. The Beatles, Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer all made their mark with Gretsch, and new bands continually discover and fall in love with the Falcons, Gents, 6120s, Jets, and the rest.

The new Gretsch Electric Guitar Book: 60 Years of White Falcons, 6120s, Jets, Gents and More features all the great Gretsch models both new and old, but the book also tells the story of the lesser-known guitars and the projects that almost never happened. There are archival and fresh interviews with Gretsch personnel over the years and with many  Gretsch artists, including Chet Atkins, Billy Duffy, Duane Eddy, and Brian Setzer.

In the tradition of Tony Bacon’s best-selling series of guitar books, his updated and revised story of Gretsch’s rich history also features glorious photography and a detailed collectors guide to every production electric Gretsch model ever made.

Order your copy here.

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